Its a most unusual funeral when the coffin is delivered with the wrong body inside of it and thats just the beginning of this farce set in a small, bucolic town in England.
Soft-spoken, dutiful Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen), the underappreciated son, is handling all the arrangements for the funeral of his father. His brother Robert (Rupert Graves), a successful novelist, flies in from New York and realizes that a terrible mistake has been made. Meanwhile, Daniels wife Jane (Keeley Hawes) is determined that Robert take his newly widowed mother (Jane Asher) back to America, so that she can move with Daniel into their new London flat.
Cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan) has brought along her flustered fiancé Simon (Alan Tudyk) – who accidentally swallowed an LSD tablet instead of Valium, the fault of her aspiring pharmacist brother, Troy (Kris Marshall) – to introduce to her snobbish father (Peter Egan). Marthas ex, Justin (Ewen Bremmer), is there, along with a hypochondriac Howard (Andy Nyman) and wheelchair-bound Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughn).
Theres the appearance of a mysterious mourner (Peter Dinklage) who arrives with a tawdry revelation about the deceased, complete with compromising photos to the impatience of the vicar (Thomas Wheatley).
Written by Dean Craig (Caffeine) and directed by Frank Oz (Bowfinger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,), who was born in Great Britain before joining Jim Henson and becoming a famous Muppeteer in America. Its an ensemble comedy thats stronger in exaggerated situational humor than its eccentric yet one-dimensional characterizations. Best remembered as dashing Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightly in Pride and Prejudice, Matthew Macfadyen transforms into diligently dowdy here. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, Death at a Funeral is a silly, screwball 7 for those who enjoy droll British humor.